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Caleb-A Man, Not a Grasshopper
Clarence E. Macartney
That was said of Caleb by Moses. It was said of Caleb by
himself also. Most important of all, it was said of Caleb
by God. "My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit
with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into
the land whereinto he went." Whenever God says that of a
man, that he has followed Him fully, the man who has such a
mark upon him, and such praise recorded of him, is well
worthy of our study and consideration.
Caleb is one of the men in the Bible whom I have always
admired. His courage, his promptness, his daring, and the
magnificent spirit of his old age, when he won his greatest
victory, have always stirred me.
On their march out of Egypt the children of Israel had
reached Kadesh on the southern boundary of Canaan. This was
the Land of Promise, toward which they were marching. But
before they entered it, Moses sent twelve spies, one for
each tribe, into the land to make a reconnaissance and
bring back a report concerning its inhabitants, its
fertility, its cities, and its fortifications. There was no
doubt in the mind of Moses that, according to the promise,
the people of Israel were to possess this land. The spies
were not sent into it because there was any uncertainty as
to whether they could possess it, but rather to prepare the
people for its conquest. The land was to be theirs. There
was no doubt about that. There is no "if" about the
promises of God. The only "if" is in man's behavior and
obedience or disobedience.
After a forty days' exploration of the land of Canaan the
twelve spies returned to the camp of Israel at Kadesh. It
must have been a stirring and moving sight when the trumpet
sounded in the camp and summoned the people to hear the
report of the spies who had returned from Canaan. First the
majority, that is, ten out of the twelve, made their
report. The ...
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